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MSDH reports largest one-day COVID increase, launching drive-thru vaccine sites

One day after reporting the state’s highest number of COVID-related deaths, the Mississippi State Department of Health is now reporting the highest one-day increase in cases. 

The report of 3,023 new cases brings the state’s total up to 213,055. With the confirmation of 29 additional deaths, 4,747 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus. 

Overall hospitalizations have risen above 1,300 once again the latest data from the MSDH. 

During a press conference this morning, State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers and Senior Deputy and Director of Health Protection Jim Craig provided the latest update on vaccine distribution in Mississippi. 

So far, the state has received around 120,000 doses between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines with 17,000 doses administered as part of Phase 1A of the MSDH’s vaccination plan. The next step of the plan will begin next week with the MSDH, through a partnership with UMMC, setting up 18 drive-thru sites across the state where healthcare workers can make an appointment to receive the shot. 

These locations and dates can be seen below: 

Courtesy of Y’all Politics

Monday, January 4, 2021

  • Jackson County health department
  • Lauderdale County health department
  • Leflore County health department

Tuesday, January 5

  • Adams County health department
  • De Soto County health department – Hernando
  • Forrest County: Lake Terrace Convention Center
  • Harrison County health department
  • Lee County health department
  • Lowndes County health department
  • Neshoba County health department

Wednesday, January 6

  • Jackson County health department
  • Jones County health department
  • Lauderdale County health department
  • Madison County health department
  • Oktibbeha County health department
  • Panola County health department
  • Pike County health department
  • Washington County health department

Thursday, January 7

  • Adams County health department
  • De Soto County health department – Hernando
  • Jones County health department
  • Lee County health department
  • Leflore County health department
  • Lowndes County health department
  • Rankin County: Trustmark Park

Friday, January 8

  • Forrest County: Lake Terrace Convention Center
  • Harrison County health department
  • Lafayette County health department
  • Oktibbeha County health department
  • Panola County health department
  • Pike County health department
  • Rankin County: Trustmark Park
  • Washington County health department

During Phase 1A, vaccine doses are reserved for healthcare workers. 

Source: MSDH

To set up your appointment, visit covidvaccine.umc.edu.

Craig stated that the MSDH hopes to have all healthcare workers in Mississippi vaccinated by the end of January. Residents in long-term care facilities will be the second priority group. 

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